Books I Read in March

Saturday, March 28, 2020

This month it seemed as if I was always reading something in a frantic hurry to get through one more book, but looking back, I read very little fiction. Some of my reading was devotionals, some historical research for my mysteries, some articles about the coronavirus.

I also read the instructions to fill out my 1040, but no one wants to hear about that. LOL

Without further ado, here are the novels I read this month:

Personal Solicitor (Tyler Kane Legal Thriller Book 1)
By Michael Pickford

Too much description, but much important information is left out. This book has gotten rave reviews, so I thought I’d give it a try, but it’s not for me.

Fury (End Times Alaska Book 4)
By Craig Martelle

After a disappointing third book in this series, the fourth and final book delivers.

After wading my way through two slow reads and totally giving up on a third by three different authors recently, I decided to give End Times Alaska another chance. I loved the first two books in the series and hoped the third was an aberration. I'm glad to report I was correct.

This book has plenty of action and plenty of heart. Chuck Nagy faces numerous challenges to overcome in this book, not the least of which is getting over the death of his wife, Madison. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Chuck emerges stronger than ever, with a lot of help from family and friends.

It was just the thing I needed to read while sitting out the social distancing from the coronavirus.

Saddled with Death (Emma Berry Murray River Mystery Book 0)
By Irene Sauman

An interesting historical mystery that takes place on an Australian ranch.

I read this book at the request of the author. I didn’t realize it was a prequel, which explains some of the weaknesses in this novella.

Primarily, there are so many characters we’re introduced to right from the beginning. I found it hard to remember who each of them was until later in the story. There are also long sections of backstory which don’t necessarily add to the mystery.

Authors frequently write this kind of story as they get to know the bones of their series. In a way, my own Unsafe Harbor was one of those stories, but it turned out longer than I expected and so became book one instead of a free bonus.

I definitely enjoyed the setting and the taste of armchair travel. And Emma is an engaging heroine with a romantic dilemma that I’m sure will get worse before it gets better.

I do plan on reading book one of this series.

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